If you are running out of storage on your Xbox or want to record gameplay for more than 10 minutes, you will need to add an external hard drive to your console.

Before adding the hard drive to your console, you will need to format it in NTFS format. In this article, we are going to show you how to format your hard drive correctly so that it works with your console. You can format your drive directly on your console or on your Windows computer. Let’s jump in and get started.

How To Format Your Drive On Your Xbox

The easiest way to format your hard drive is to do it directly on your Xbox console. Follow the steps below to get your drive up and running.

  1. Plug your hard drive into one of the USB ports on your Xbox console
  2. A pop up will appear on your screen asking if you want to format your storage device. Select “Format Storage Device”.
  3. Give your hard drive a name
  4. If you want games to automatically store on the external drive select “Install new things here”. Games will automatically install on this drive in future.
  5. Now select “Format Storage Device”. All existing data will be deleted from your hard drive.

You have now successfully formatted your drive for your Xbox console. You now have lots of room free on your storage device to add new games or record gameplay directly to the hard drive.

How To Format Your Hard Drive For Xbox Series S/X On Windows 10

Before formatting your hard drive make sure you back up any files that you want to keep on the drive. Formatting the drive will erase all files on it.

Follow the steps below to format your hard drive for Xbox:

  1. Plug your hard drive into your computer. Your computer will automatically detect your hard drive.
  2. Click on the Windows button in the bottom left-hand corner and search for “This PC”
  1. Under Devices and Drives, you will see all of the drives attached to your computer. Right-click on your external drive and select “Format”.
  1. Here you will see the options for formatting your drive. If you set your drive up on windows it will likely be automatically formatted as NTFS as that is the native Microsoft filing system.
  1. Under the file system select NTFS. Under the Volume label you can name your file. Select Format options to Quick format. You are now ready to format your drive. Before formatting your drive, ensure that you have backed up anything you need.

    Click on the start button to start formatting your drive to make it compatible with your Xbox. This process usually takes a few minutes depending on the size of your drive.

You have successfully formatted your drive which will now work on your Xbox.

Wrapping Up

You have now successfully formatted your external hard drive to work with your Xbox console. You don’t have to worry about constantly running out of storage every time you want to play a new game.

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